Pauline Sok Yin Hwang
Pauline Sok Yin Hwang uses acupuncture, nutrition, cupping, acupressure and mindfulness meditation to support people through cancer treatment, recovery and prevention. In practice since 2012, she also treats many general practice patients whose health concerns are not cancer-related (e.g. pain, digestion, insomnia, anxiety, stress, women’s health, fertility, depression, auto-immune conditions, etc.). She is a sought-after teacher and lecturer in the health and wellness field, especially in supportive cancer care.
Let that which we love Be what we do There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. – Rumi
Extensive education and training.
Pauline is an Ontario-licensed Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.). and Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP). She graduated in 2003 with an Honours BSc degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from McGill University, completing her research thesis in the Faculty of Medicine. Coming from a family of medical professionals, and passionate about how our minds, bodies and environments are connected, she went on to complete eight full years of basic and advanced studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – obtaining a Diploma of Acupuncture (Institute of Traditional Medicine), a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Diploma (Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine) and a Master’s degree in Medicine, with a major in TCM Internal Medicine and Integrative Oncology (Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine).
Pauline interned at the Jiangsu Provincial Chinese Medicine Hospital, one of the top-rated integrative medicine hospitals in China. She has been registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario since its inception, and holds memberships in the Society for Integrative Oncology, the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. She has completed extensive post-graduate training in classical and anatomical acupuncture, classical herbal formulas and oncology acupuncture (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center).
Passion for supporting people with cancer and their loved ones.
Through the personal experiences of her family and friends, Pauline came to realize the great need for comprehensive, holistic, high quality support for individuals and families facing cancer. This led her to create Oncology Acupuncture Toronto, which cooperates with the Marsden Centre for Excellence in Integrative Medicine, one of the leading naturopathic oncology clinics in Canada, to offer effective, evidence-informed natural supportive care to people with cancer and their loved ones. This care can reduce the side effects of cancer treatment, support the immune system, promote recovery and strength, and help prevent cancer recurrence.
Involved in research and education.
In addition to her clinical training, Pauline is passionate about scientific research in TCM and integrative medicine. Her Master’s thesis project focused on TCM herb selection and safety during conventional breast cancer treatment (surgery, chemo, radiation, targeted and endocrine therapies), completed under the supervision of Dr. Ye Li Hong, Professor of TCM Oncology at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and Dr. Xiaoshu Zhu, Associate Dean of University of Western Sydney’s School of Science and Health, and key senior cancer researcher at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM). Pauline is a past recipient of a National Science and Engineering Research Council grant, China Scholarship Council funding, and is currently preparing several manuscripts for submission to scientific journals. She has given lectures at NJUCM, served as a preceptor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and been invited to teach at two Toronto-area TCM colleges.
Walking the talk with a mindful, inclusive approach.
Outside of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pauline has been practicing insight meditation since 2005, a key ingredient of her own healing (from depression, insomnia, facial paralysis, burnout, childhood trauma, and chronic digestive issues). She has also developed and led an eight-week mindfulness meditation training course. Pauline has decades of experience in the community health and social justice fields, and draws from her training in active listening, trauma-informed counselling, anti-oppression and facilitation to support individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds and needs. In her spare time, Pauline enjoys dance, camping, reading, meditation, cycling, gardening, yoga, writing, playing piano, drawing and volunteering.
Pauline strives to create an LGBTQ2S-positive space and to be as welcoming as possible toward people from all walks of life, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, dis/ability, age, race, ethnicity, religion, or class background. She offers clinical services in wheelchair-accessible spaces, and has a certain number of discounted spots available for those with financial barriers. To read more about her personal journey into health and well-being, click here.
Meet the rest of the Team
Carmen Urquizar is a Registered Acupuncturist, with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMPAO), practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She works with her patients to develop comprehensive and personalized treatment plans that holistically restore their physical, emotional and mental well-being. Carmen’s treatments are designed to not only relieve her patient’s symptoms, but treat the underlying root cause of the disease as well; thus she focuses her practice on Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Guasha, Tuina and Dietary Chinese Nutrition to bring your health into an overall state of balance and harmony.
Carmen’s professional background includes practicing as a Registered Nurse in Spain for over 10 years, during which time she offered her services to Community health, Cardiology, Internal medicine, Oncology, Intensive Unit Care, as well as volunteering in Africa (Guinea Bissau). This professional experience has allowed Carmen to broaden her perspectives on health and understand diseases from a Western medicine stand point to be used concomitantly with her practice in Eastern medicine.
As of 2012, Carmen has also been practicing Tai Ji and Qi Gong as a part of self-healing by harmonizing her Body and Mind, which has been a valuable tool in her practice when treating clients.
Empathy, compassion and acceptance are her day to day values; she works effortlessly to address her patients concerns and is dedicated in her treatment. Carmen believes that you never truly stop learning and is consistently looking to sharpen her skills and enhance her knowledge of healing; she is continuing her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine with the study of Medicinal herbology to further expand her practice.
About the Oncology Acupuncture Toronto Logo
In Chinese culture, the image of Phoenix not only represents the harmony of humans and natural elements. In the Five Elements of Chinese medicine, the Red Phoenix is a mythical animal associated with the Heart, the “Emperor” of all the internal organs, and the Spirit of the Heart, representing the spiritual link between the physical, intellectual and emotional aspects of the soul. The Pheonix here is incorporated into a symbol of Yin and Yang, representing the balance that is the basis of health and well-being in Chinese medicine.
“I would like to start by acknowledging that I live and work on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples, whose presence here continues to this day. I would also like to acknowledge the land I am on is at the meeting place of two treaties, the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit and those of the First Nations of the Williams Treaty. I would thank them and other Indigenous peoples for sharing this land with us. I am committed toward working toward truth, reconciliation and decolonization.” – Pauline Hwang